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Inkwell: Simple Writing Practices to Restore Your Soul

Inkwell: Simple Writing Practices to Restore Your Soul

Tired. Uninspired. Emotionally exhausted. Overwhelmed. Burned out. In a world where the pace seems to get faster and the problems seem intractable, more and more people feel they just can't go on as they have been doing. The truth is, we're much better at caring for our bodies than caring for our spirits.

In Inkwell, writing instructor and professor Anne Whitney shows how writing--informal, low-stakes writing, in just a few minutes a day--can be a powerful tool for your spiritual self-care. While many people are intimidated by writing, or remember writing from their school days as difficult or scary, this book offers practical, meaningful writing tools that anyone, regardless of writing experience, education, or training, can use to grow closer to God and heal spiritual wounds.

In writing activities that range from quick jottings to more extended narratives, from drawing to analyzing what you've written, you'll cultivate mindful attention, helping you to settle down, feel your feelings, and center on what is most important to you rather than on what feels most urgent.

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  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506464794
  • eBook ISBN 9781506464800
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 168
  • Publication Date October 19, 2021


"In Inkwell, Anne Whitney unlocks writing as a spiritual practice, both positing a powerful why--because when we write to reflect, we open ourselves to spiritual learning--and showing us how through a series of reflective writing activities. This is a book for anyone, working alone or with others, inside a faith community or not."

Tanya Baker, EdD, director of national programs, National Writing Project

"Being introspective about ourselves in a kind and curious way is a valuable process. Even better, Anne Whitney demonstrates this as an everyday writing activity that will add deeper and truer meaning to our lives. This book functions as a friend on an important journey."

Leslie Webb, MEd, licensed psychologist

"I am deeply grateful for the resources in this book. The carefully fashioned prompts invite participants to see themselves and their experiences from fresh vantage points, leading to deeper insights and inspiring new possibilities."

Alicia Anderson, ELCA deacon and campus minister with Lutheran Campus Ministry at Penn State

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